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Our founder, Matt Fudge visiting the DSWT in 2015, before the birth of Tembo

Are you a Tembo customer? If so, congratulations and thank you! You have helped an elephant or rhino in danger.

We believe that all businesses are in a unique position to influence and to collect funds for worthy causes. Why wouldn’t every business be involved in a worthy cause? We see it as a responsibility.

Tembo donates 1% of proceeds to The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Kenya. This charity has 2 main purposes; to stop the poaching of elephants & rhinos and to raise the orphaned children of the victims. They’ve roamed the earth for millennia, yet their very existence now hangs in the balance as mankind’s footprint continues to expand. This happens everyday, from the elephants orphaned due to human actions to the thousands of animals the SWT/KWS Mobile Veterinary Units treat for spear, snare and arrow wounds.

With wild spaces shrinking by the minute, long-term solutions are needed to ensure wildlife and mankind can coexist, while immediate interventions are essential to save lives today.

Solio

The very word Solio is indicative of saving the black rhino as a species here in Kenya, for when black rhinos had all but disappeared from their natural native ranges, including Tsavo National Park (once the home of 8,000), it was on the 17,500 acre Solio Ranch, under tight security, that the species managed to proliferate from a handful introduced 40 years ago to some 90 individuals.

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Adoption Certificate

  • Current Age
    5 years old
  • Gender
    Male
  • Rescued date
    18 March 2017
  • Rescue Location
    Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo East National Park
  • Date of Birth (approximate)
    10 December 2016
  • Reason Orphaned
    Suspected poaching
  • Age at Rescue
    3 months old (approx)
  • Current Location
    Ithumba Reintegration Unit

Sattao

On 18th March 2017 KWS received a number of reports from visitors about a tiny orphaned baby elephant wandering alone and abandoned, very thin and with predator bites on his back legs. Our Keepers based at our Voi relocation unit were informed, as was the DSWT/KWS Tsavo Mobile Veterinary Unit and the DSWT/KWS De-Snaring Team operating within that area.

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Adoption Certificate

  • Current Age
    5 years old
  • Gender
    Male
  • Rescued date
    18 March 2017
  • Rescue Location
    Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo East National Park
  • Date of Birth (approximate)
    10 December 2016
  • Reason Orphaned
    Suspected poaching
  • Age at Rescue
    3 months old (approx)
  • Current Location
    Ithumba Reintegration Unit

Roho

In the early hours of 16th October 2019, at the request of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) our SWT/KWS Canine Unit headed to Tsavo West National Park to help track down two suspected poachers, who had been spotted the evening before. The team convened with KWS and Tsavo Trust rangers to coordinate a search, and it was then they received a disturbing report; not far from where they were gathered, a patrolling aircraft had just sighted a tiny elephant calf standing beside the body of his deceased mother.

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Adoption Certificate

  • Current Age
    5 years old
  • Gender
    Male
  • Rescued date
    16 October 2019
  • Rescue Location
    Tsavo Ecosystem, Tsavo West National Park
  • Date of Birth (approximate)
    15 January 2019
  • Reason Orphaned
    Suspected poaching
  • Age at Rescue
    9 months old (approx)
  • Current Location
    Nairobi Nursery

Lemeki

Mercurial weather is a fact of life in Kenya, but the floods of early 2018 sent the country into a watery crisis. Amidst all this turmoil, we received a startling call on the morning of 20th March: While on patrol, Mara Elephant Project scouts spotted a creature bobbing among the angry whitecaps of the Mara River.

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Adoption Certificate

  • Current Age
    3 years old
  • Gender
    Female
  • Rescued date
    20 March 2018
  • Rescue Location
    Masai Mara, Lemek Conservancy
  • Date of Birth (approximate)
    12 March 2018
  • Reason Orphaned
    Flood related
  • Age at Rescue
    1 week old (approx)
  • Current Location
    Voi Reintegration Unit

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